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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Abyssinian Expedition


Can anyone recommend a book on the 1868 British Expedition to Abyssinia that is informative as well as being a good read? I'd like something that details the rise of King Theodore as well as the expedition/invasion itself.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:39 PM   #2

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 06:52 PM   #3

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There is a nice chapter dedicated to it in this book:

Britain's Forgotten Wars: Colonial Campaigns of the 19th Century: Ian Hernon: 9780750931625: Amazon.com: Books
Britain's Forgotten Wars: Colonial Campaigns of the 19th Century: Ian Hernon: 9780750931625: Amazon.com: Books



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Old November 24th, 2012, 05:16 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. "Britain's Forgotten wars" sounds interesting. Are the Flashman books considered to be historically accurate?
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The book itself is well researched and the characters are mostly historically accurate although Flashman and some of the others are fictional.

Read the authors notes in the last section, Frazer was one of the top historical researchers of his era although he used it mostly for fun not serious publication, his in depth notes would make even top rank historians envious.

He has a liking for the scandalous and trivial facts so if someone mentions the price of onions, the latest politcal scandal or a historical fact you can't believe is real you can bet your last dollar its not only real but he's got the historical sources to back it up.

On the march isnt vintage Flashman buts its competent, the Great game, at the charge and lady are far better.
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The book itself is well researched and the characters are mostly historically accurate although Flashman and some of the others are fictional.

Read the authors notes in the last section, Frazer was one of the top historical researchers of his era although he used it mostly for fun not serious publication, his in depth notes would make even top rank historians envious.

He has a liking for the scandalous and trivial facts so if someone mentions the price of onions, the latest politcal scandal or a historical fact you can't believe is real you can bet your last dollar its not only real but he's got the historical sources to back it up.

On the march isnt vintage Flashman buts its competent, the Great game, at the charge and lady are far better.
Yep, I must agree with Nemo

There are alot of hitorical characters represented in the Flashman series. I think the main character, although fictional, was based on the memoirs of a person also nicknamed "flashman" though.
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